what makes it so important that we keep doing everything we can- - we spend, you know, every bit of our energy to finding solutions. >> reporter: eva bennick is still hoping to hear from fema. >> and so you have this sort of information vacuum and i thought it was very interesting that on the third day, the daily news was able to deliver my newspaper to my front porch, but fema can't find me. amazing. >> reporter: while she waits, the volunteers from occupy sandy are filling the gap. >> you know, it could be close to 10,000 people that have been, you know, martialed as individuals and as autonomous individuals and groups, but under one sort of, like, organizational structure so that they, we could, you know, meet some of those needs that were arising after the storm. >> reporter: the area is getting more attention today. the president took a helicopter tour of staten island and the rockaways this afternoon. >> brown: and the president offered some additional help today, appointing his housing and urban affairs secretary, shaun donovan to coordinate the long-term rebuilding efforts in new york and new jersey.